Breast feeding

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United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) says about 78 billion babies globally or three in five newborns are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at a higher risk of death and diseases.
According to a report by UNICEF and World Health Organization (WHO), newborns who are breastfed in the first hour of life are significantly more likely to survive.

The organisations however noted that even a delay of a few hours after birth is life threatening.

The report indicated that 9 percent of children under 6 months in Malawi consume plain water, 3 percent consume no milk liquid while 2 percent consume other milk and 18 percent consume complete foods in addition to breast milk.

Although it is the case, the report showed that breastfeeding rates within the first hour are highest in the eastern and Southern Africa (65%) and lowest in East Asia and Pacific (32%).
“Breast milk alone is sufficient and beneficial for a baby to survive the first 6 months of life in Malawi, the number of children who are exclusively breastfed in the first 6 months has gone down from 71% to 61% in 2016 DHS,” the report says.
According to the report, breastfeeding gives every child the healthiest start to life and it is a baby’s vaccine and the best source of nutrition which has a potential of bolstering brain development.
UNICEF also ran a poll in SMS poling U-report to assess the knowledge and opinions of young people on the same.

According to the findings, 96% of U-report respondents said breastfeeding is important for children to be healthy and 57 percent of them know that children should be breastfed until the age of two while 66 percent of the U-reporters knows that the children should start complementary food in addition to milk when they reach 6 months.

What is SDG ?

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What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large. The SDGs are an inclusive agenda. They tackle the root causes of poverty and unite us together to make a positive change for both people and planet. “Poverty eradication is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, and so is the commitment to leave no-one behind,” UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said. “The Agenda offers a unique opportunity to put the whole world on a more prosperous and sustainable development path. In many ways, it reflects what UNDP was created for.”

What is UNDP’s role?

 

The SDGs came into effect in January 2016, and they will continue to guide UNDP policy and funding until 2030. As the lead UN development agency, UNDP is uniquely placed to help implement the Goals through our work in some 170 countries and territories.

Our strategic plan focuses on key areas including poverty alleviation, democratic governance and peacebuilding, climate change and disaster risk, and economic inequality. UNDP provides support to governments to integrate the SDGs into their national development plans and policies. This work is already underway, as we support many countries in accelerating progress already achieved under the Millennium Development Goals.

Our track record working across multiple goals provides us with a valuable experience and proven policy expertise to ensure we all reach the targets set out in the SDGs by 2030. But we cannot do this alone.

Achieving the SDGs requires the partnership of governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for future generations.

 

 

Malawi 🇲🇼 the sixth poorest country in the world

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6. Malawi – $1,134 per capita per year

Malawi is a landlocked African country on the south-eastern edge of the continent. With well over 85% of the country’s population of 16 million people living in rural areas and dependent on subsistence farming, the country’s economy is fragile and very dependent on foreign aid. In 2000, however, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stopped its aid disbursements to Malawi, citing widespread corruption and mishandling of the funds by the government there. In 2013 President Joyce Banda sold the presidential jet and a fleet of 60 luxury cars to feed the poor and grow crops to fight malnutrition. Only to be embroiled in a financial scandal involving looting, theft and corruption within the government, that went public the next month. While Banda greatly improved diplomatic relations with other countries when she became president, due to scandal Norway, Britain, and the EU suspended approximately 150 million in aid and she lost heavily in the next election. The proceeds from the sale of the jet failed to be accounted for. Malawi continues to grapple with massive problems in its economic system including the scourge of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, a rudimentary market economy, and a dysfunctional education system. In January of 2015, Malawi was in the news for another negative reason, as devastating floods left almost a quarter of a million people homeless and destroyed well over 64,000 hectares of cropland, furthering their economic woes.

It’s amazing how the actions of political “leaders” can have such devastating effect on an unwitting population, the with draw of aid all be it for a short time caused have on projection and people relying on the aid to live . The average Malawian family had less than a single dollar a day to live on . We take so much for granted like flicking a switch and having power or turning a tap and having water . Just imagin how you would adapt to walking 5 on to the well to fetch your water , and adapt we do I did it , it became a part of life but some days it would have most definitely been easier to have a running tap .

Why is nutrition key to development?

 

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It’s just crazy that’s 37% of the children under five in Malawi 🇲🇼 currently in 2018 ! Have their growth stunted by malnutrition, where the west is suffer a very different problem with

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Neither situation is a good one to be in .

Malnutrition in childhood and pregnancy has many adverse consequences for child survival and long-term well-being. It also has far-reaching consequences for human capital, economic productivity, and national development overall. The consequences of malnutrition should be a significant concern for policymakers in Malawi, where 1.07 million children (37 percent) under 5 years are suffering from chronic malnutrition (stunting or low height-for-age), according to the most recent Demographic and Health Survey (DHS).

So what can we do about it ? Is it preventable can we help ? If so what can we do ?

The answer in its self is very simlpe – EDUCATE 95% of Malawian are have never had access to information about how to feed they family protein rich meals with out expensive products they can’t afford.So we are working on putting together some resources packs to give to the local communities including a nutritional cooking guide,  To be handed out to The most vunrable members of the community. The first pack will also contain all the ingredients to make the first weeks meals , it’s sort of a Malwai style “hello fresh box “ ! If you feel you would like to  give a family a box and fresh idea on Health and nutrition please donate below just £20 can feed a family for 4 for a week in a Malwaian village. #changealife

 

 

How can we help with renew able energy ?

BIOGAS RENEWABLE ENERGY

LOCAL MADE STOVE FOR COOKING

Local made cooking stove is designed to save firewood used for cooking, which can be one of the ways to reduce the use of biomass and time expended on looking and cutting down trees.

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Biogas is a substitute for firewood and cattle dung that can meet the energy needs of the rural population. Biogas is a renewable source of energy that can be used as a substitute for natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas. These are different models to assess the energy content of different energy sources, which include water boiling test, control cooking test and kitchen performance test

Biogas, the metabolic product of anaerobic digestion, is a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide with small quantities of the gases such as hydrogen sulphide. Methane, the desired component of biogas, is a colourless, blue burning gas used for cooking, heating, and lighting. Biogas is a clean, efficient, and renewable source of energy, which can be used as a substitute for other fuels (firewood, paraffin etc) in order to save energy in rural areas. In anaerobic digestion, organic materials are degraded by bacteria, in the absence of oxygen, converting it into a methane and carbon dioxide mixture. The digestate or slurry from the digester is rich in ammonium and other nutrients used as an organic fertilizer

Energy demand is a critical reason for climate change, resource exploitation, and also restricts the living standards of human.

By the time fuel and fertilizer reach rural areas, the end price is relatively expensive due to high transport costs, leaving people to find alternative resources other than oil. Starke reported wood as the traditional source of fuel to produce energy for domestic purpose for 1.7 Million people in Malawi. Many of the rural community in developing countries are forced to rely on the traditional energy source such as firewood, dung, crop residues and paraffin. These traditional methods are often expensive and/or time-consuming. Cooking account for 90% of energy consumption in the households of developing countries. Furthermore, for access to electricity in rural areas is relatively scarce (as of Malawi its only 9% of country population use electricity).

Our dream with your help is by the end of 2019 to have rolled out at least 10 bio gas sets ups once we have completed 10 it will be much easier to do more once we have trained two locals to set them up

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